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Destinations / City Breaks / Helsinki

Capital of Finland, Helsinki is situated on the southern shores of the country on the Gulf Of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea. It is actually the northernmost capital of the European Union and is built upon a series of bays and peninsulas and spread over a number of islands. Sometimes referred to as the White City of the North (not in reference to climate!), Helsinki has beautiful neo-classical buildings designed by Carl Ludvig Engel and, nowadays, the city is also famous for its Art Nouveau buildings.

Reminiscent of Moscow and Leningrad's boulevards, the city has been used as backdrop for Hollywood movies, namely the Kremlin Letter and Gorky Park, when the USSR prohibited filming. The landmark event of the 1952 summer Olympic Games held in Helsinki served to swing the city into action. The population swelled and the art and culture scene blossomed. Local attractions are many including the marvellous Ateneum Art Museum, Esplanade Park, Olympic Stadium, Helsinki Cathedral and the National Museum of Finland.

As the sea is such an integral part of Helsinki's personality, it makes sense that there are plenty of cruises and sea excursions available. These are a great way to view the city from the water! Good guided tours are on offer too and bring you to all the best sights and give an insight to the history and culture that Helsinki enjoys. The city has some excellent restaurants, a vibrant cafe culture, lively clubs and trendy nightspots and an impressive rock and pop music scene with many live music venues.

Helsinki is a city that may surprise you with the variety of attractions on offer. It simply begs to be explored......

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